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Ancascocha Trail Peru Details

Ancascocha Trail Peru is an off-the-beaten-track in the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. This is one of the new alternative treks to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Dotted with some unexplored archaeological sites, this trek is named among the 20 dream walks to complete around the world by National Geographic. 

The trail offers an extensive insight into the Andean traditions, history, and culture. You will be trekking through different highland farms where the Andean farmers are working for generations. 

People living here are untouched by modernity. They have preserved their age-old traditions and customs for centuries. 

Ancascocha Trail Peru also takes you through some of the most picturesque sites. You will be hiking through stunning waterfalls and crystal lagoons snuggled between the snow-capped peaks. 

Some call the Ancascocha Trail Peru as Hidden Inca Trail or Super Inca Trail. The trail is definitely challenging as it is a high-altitude experience, but worth every step. The highest point of the trek is Huayanay Pass at 4650 meters above sea level (15256 feet).

Ancascocha Trail Peru culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu citadel. Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the lost city of the Incas. 

On the last day of the trek, if you wish to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, then please advise us at the time of booking the trek. Access to these mountains is limited to 200 people a day and tickets are often sold out months in advance. 

Reasons to experience Ancascocha Trail Peru with us:

We have a small group size on our Ancascocha Trail Peru. This allows our trek experts to provide you with plenty of information and also give personalized attention. 

We strongly recommend that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek and acclimatize to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness.

The best time to do Ancascocha Trek is during the dry season between March and November. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

5 am

Price Includes

  • Pre Trek briefing
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Chef and Muleteers
  • All camping equipments
  • Kitchen Tent and Dining Tent
  • Boiled Water
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 03 Nights camping
  • Round trip Train Tickets
  • 01 Night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Optional hike to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain
  • Sleeping bags
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day of the trek
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A day pack to carry your personal items
  • Extra clothings and 2 extra pairs of socks
  • Water bottle
  • Extra Snacks
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Rain Poncho if trekking during the monsoon
Ancascocha Trail Peru Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Soqma - Perolniyoc - Rayan

We will be picking you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will embark on a two hours drive to the starting point of the Ancascocha Trail Peru. You can catch a wink so you arrive fresh to start your five days trek to Machu Picchu. 

The tiny Andean village of Socma is the starting point of Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. It nestles at 3000 meters above sea level (9843 feet). At Socma, we will be meeting our chefs and muleteers. We will be serving you a traditional breakfast here before we start our three hours hike to Perolniyoc Waterfalls. 

The trek would take you along quinoa and cornfields. As we will be hiking in the morning, you will also have the opportunity to see highland Andean farmers working in their fields. 

Perolniyoc Waterfalls are fresh waters from the nearby river. You can take a refreshing bath or simply enjoy nature and click some photos. 

Once you have had your fill of Perolniyoc Waterfalls, we will continue hiking for an hour more to an Inca ruin called Racaypata. These ruins are built on the edge of a cliff and you will get a panoramic view of the valley below.

We have exclusive guides for Ancascocha Trek. They are from the region and have deep knowledge of the Incas history. You can expect an informative tour of the ruins we will be visiting these five days. 

Lunch Stop:

While our tour guide will be explaining the history here, our chef will prepare a hearty meal for lunch. 

After relishing our first lunch here, we will descend for about an hour to our campsite in Rayan. It is at 3700 meters/ 12139 feet above sea level. You can spend the rest of the evening indulging in the serenity of nature here. 

Later at night, we will be serving you dinner under the dark and clear Andean sky dotted with beautiful constellations.

Day 2Rayan - Kuychicasa Pass - Chancachuco - Ancascocha

Our crew will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or Tea. We will then serve breakfast at our campsite. 

After breakfast, we will be hiking uphill to Kuychiccasa pass. This is the second-highest point of the Ancascocha Trail Peru, at 4500 meters above sea level (14764 feet). Along the way up you will be able to see Alpacas, Llamas, and even the flight of condors. This section of the Ancascocha trek is quite challenging because of the altitude. 

So go as slowly and as easily as you want to with absolutely no rush.  

Once we reach Kuychiccasa pass, you will have plenty of time to rest and soak in the pristine views. You will get beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Chancacucho Valley. We will then hike down the hill to our lunch spot at 4350 meters (14272 ft). 

After lunch, we will be hiking up the hill, this is not as challenging as the hike to Kuychiccasa Pass. You will get pristine views of Veronica Glacier which is at 5682 meters (18642 ft.). We will then descend down to Ancascocha Community at 3900 meters (12795 feet). 

We will be camping at our specially designed campsite right amidst the valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and snaking crystal streams. 

Our chef will be serving you a traditional Andean dinner.

Day 3Ancascocha - Huayanay Pass - Incaracay - Paucarcancha

We will begin the day with a nutritious and filling breakfast. We will then begin the third day of the Ancascocha Trail in Peru with a one-hour climb. On this section of the trek, you will be rewarded with views of glaciers, Inca ruins, and Ancascocha Lagoon. 

From here, we will be hiking further up for another two hours to Huayanay Pass. This is the highest point on the Ancascocha Trail in Peru. You will have plenty of time to rest and enjoy the view from the top. 

We will then hike down to Incaracay. It is another Inc site, here we will be stopping for lunch. The second leg of the trek on this day is much easier as it will be mostly down the hill. 

We will be descending to the community of Quesqa. Here you will be able to witness the traditions and customs of people. 

We will then continue for another hour to Paucarcancha. It is an Inca site at 3120 meters (10236 feet). As we will be relatively at a much lower altitude than the previous day, you will be able to notice a change in the vegetation. Our guide will explain the different flora and fauna distinct to the region. 

You will be able to see a part of the original Inca trail at a distance from here and also some remote Andean villages of Quesqa. 

Once at Paucarcacha, our tour guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex where you will learn about the history and traditions. We will then hike back to the campsite where our chef will be serving you a traditional dinner. 

Day 4Paucarcancha - Piscacucho - Km.82 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

This is the easiest day of the five-day Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. Moreover, you will be hiking for five hours on the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You will be hiking in the opposite direction to those hiking the Classic Inca Trail.

On this section of the trail, we will be passing through different remote villages. The highlight of the trail is Llactapata Ruins. Our tour guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. Right across the river nestles another archaeological complex called Canabamba.

Our Andean chef will be serving the last lunch of the Ancascohca Trek in Km.82. After lunch, we will bid farewell to our chef and porters.

We will then transfer you to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here you will be boarding the tourist train to Aguas Calientes town. At 2040 meters above sea level (6693 ft), Aguas Calientes is the gateway to Machu Picchu.

The train ride offers excellent views of the Andean villages snuggled between the Andean peaks. You will witness a drastic change in the views as you will be descending from the Andes to a section of Amazon. 

Once in Aguas Calientes, we will be transferring you to a hotel. You can spend the evening shopping or take a visit to the hot springs after which the town is named. We will then meet at a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

The highlight of the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. 

We will begin the day quite early in the morning. You will be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. On reaching the entrance of the citadel, our guide will assist you in entering the citadel. We will be giving you a two hours guided tour of the complex here. 

If you will be climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. 

After the full-day tour, you will take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will have some free time so if you want to have lunch you may do so.

Later in the evening, you will be taking the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco

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Vivian Michellin

Couple Traveller

It was an exceptional tour. We did the Rainbow Mountain tour with them and then signed up for this alternative route to Machu Picchu on Ancascocha Trek. They were perfect. They had a briefing the day before the departure date. Highly reccomended

October 13, 2021